Dhaka, Bangladesh


Empowering ideas for an inclusive world


Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) began its journey in 2008 when Ejaj Ahmad and Shammi Quddus received a $10,000 Kathryn Davis Peace Prize to run the pilot Building Bridges through Leadership Training program in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Within a span of eight years since the pilot, BYLC has transformed from a living room project to one of the most trusted and sought after youth leadership platforms in Bangladesh. Now, having inspired more than 3100 young people through its different leadership programs, BYLC will honor the memory of the late Kathryn Davis by offering 10 BYLC Youth Leadership Prizes to BYLC graduates to enable them to translate their ideas into action. Each prize recipient will get a grant of Taka 750,000 to implement their project.

By enabling promising young change makers to take on social initiatives, the BYLC Youth Leadership Prize aims to demonstrate the power of youth in leading change in their communities. BYLC believes that people from all walks of life can exercise leadership regardless of their age or background. The Youth Leadership Prize is a part of our efforts to nurture and encourage the passion of youth by connecting them to the right tools and networks, and help them grow as catalysts of change.

10 winning groups will receive:

BDT 750,000 each

Mentorship in the form of leadership development

Projects were assessed on:

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Social impact

Show us how your project will directly impact lives and bring about adaptive change. Explain to us what sets your project apart and what you believe it can create.

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We are looking for exciting ideas that challenge existing systems. Explain to us how your approach is different from initiatives that have worked on similar issues in the past.

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Show that you have a plan to see your idea through. Your startup plan—budget, timeline, team responsibilities—should be well thought out and documented.

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Show your team’s diversity—the different skill set each of you brings to the table. Explain how different ideas and opinions are accommodated in the team.


Round 1
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Online applications

25th August to 30th September

Top 40 projects will be shortlisted

Round 2
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Supplementary materials, case solving and video submissions

15th October to 31st October

Top 15 projects will be shortlisted

Round 3
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Presentation in front of judging panel

24th November

Top 10 projects will be shortlisted

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Prize giving ceremony

1st December


BYLC Summit

Anita Ghazi Rahman

Founder & Partner

The Legal Circle

BYLC Summit

Hasib Ahsan

Senior Program and Research Manager

mPower Social Enterprises Limited

BYLC Summit

Abdulla Al Mamun

Program Coordinator

Manusher Jonno Foundation

BYLC Summit

Mamunur Rahim

Programme Manager


About BYLC

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country's first leadership institute, exists to build connections among youth from diverse backgrounds, equip them with leadership skills, and enable them to have high impact in public, private, and civil sectors. All our efforts aim to strengthen prosperity, justice, and inclusivness in societies worldwide.

Visit BYLC.org